When it comes to exercise, cardio and resistance training get most of the attention. But an exercise that was developed over 5,000 years ago offers many of the same benefits, and then some. If the goal of your exercise program is lifelong health and vitality of the body and mind, then you should consider making yoga a part of your plan.
Adults who spend most of their days sitting experience some adverse side effects. Many adults lack the required flexibility and mobility to safely perform various physical activities, especially hip-hinged movements such as squats. Yoga can help open up those hips and of the single most potent methods of reducing pain and functional disability of the spine. Yoga is also an excellent source of cardio, while the methodology is different than logging miles on the treadmill, there is evidence that the positive physiological adaptations of regular yoga may be similar to that of running.
The benefits of yoga are not limited to the body, in fact, it’s ability to positively influence the mind is the most studied characteristic. Research has shown that regular yoga practice can increase blood flow to the brain, improve executive functioning and protect against age-related cognitive decline. Researchers have also found that as little as eight weeks of regular yoga practice can have a dramatic positive influence on levels of anxiety and self-perception. Body or mind, yoga promotes health and wellness as few other activities can.
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Essential Oils and Yoga
One of exercise science’s most proven activities for lifelong wellness combined with one of nature’s most health-promoting substances is a perfect match for a yoga studio. Now you don’t have to guess or spend time experimenting with DIY blends to find the best essential oils to complement your yoga experience. Through a combination of art and science, the doTERRA yoga collection has done it for you. Whether you are a novice or an experienced yogi and in need of centering, aligning or anchoring yourself in your practice doTERRA has a blend for you. Just add a few drops to a diffuser, or your chakra points and take your physical, mental and spiritual health to the next level.
The doTERRA essential oil collection is the perfect tool to share with others exploring their own practice. Through them, you will find your center, your grounding and maybe your enlightenment. Namaste.
Align Centering Blend promotes feelings of self-acceptance, trust, and fluidity. This blend encourages harmony and calm progress in your warrior, triangle and gate pose.
Anchor Steadying Blend promotes feelings of completeness and courage. Encourages a steady foundation sense from which to move forward in your seated meditation or seated twist.
Arise Enlightening Blend promotes feelings of happiness, clarity, and courage. Encourages rising to achieve goals and improved performance in your standing and half moon poses.